THE GAME STARTS
Match kicks off in Sevilla, Betis host Athletic Bilbao
ATHLETIC CLUB TEAM SUMMARY
Athletics lacks stability. Thus, they knocked out Real Madrid and Barcelona from the Copa del Rey draw but fell short in the semi-final against Valencia. At home, the team traditionally plays well. But in the last heats, she had serious problems at the start. Thus, Athletic lost to Mallorca 2-3 and suffered defeat to Barcelona 0-4.
CLUB ATHLETIC’S STARTING ELEVEN IS READY
BETIS STARTING ELEVEN READY
REAL BETIS TEAM SUMMARY
Betis have occupied the third row of the table for a long time. However, the team lacked a safety margin. Suddenly, with the start of the Europa League qualifiers, their results plunged. In this case, after defeats against Sevilla 1-2 and Atletico 1-3, the Greens moved up to fifth place in the table. And the day before, they lost 1-2 to Eintracht in the Europa League final.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT TEAMS
Scored in 8 of their last 9 games.
Has conceded 9 of its last 10 matches in La Liga.
Scored and conceded in 8 of their last 9 matches.
Scored less than 1.5 goals in each of their last 5 consecutive games.
Scored less than 1.5 goals in 20 of their last 22 La Liga away games.
FACE-TO-FACE MEETINGS AND RECENT RESULTS
In the 33-game away streak, Athletic have the advantage, with 17 wins, nine losses and seven draws. They were also stronger in the first round by 3-2. And the Basques snatched victory in the 89th minute
THE WAIT IS OVER
The wait is over, La Liga action returns with the duel between Real Betis hosting Athletic Club de Bilbao at the Benito Villamarín, both teams looking to continue adding three points to continue at the top of the table. The first clash between the two was a PAR-TI-DAZO, so the same is expected for this rematch.
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Athletic Bilbao’s latest line-up:
U.Simon; I. Lekue, Y. Álvarez, I. Martínez, M. Balenziaga; N. Williams, U. Vencedor, D. García, I. Muniain; R. Garcia, I. Williams.
Last composition of Betis:
R. Silva; H. Bellerin, M. Bartra, V. Ruiz, A. Moreno; G. Rodríguez, A. Guardado; Canales, N. Fekir, Juanmi; W. Jose.
Athletic Bilbao and Betis have faced each other a total of 126 times (52 wins for Athletic Bilbao, 39 draws and 35 wins for Betis) where the odds tip the scales in favor of the Bilbao team. Similarly, it is the Bilbao team who have the advantage in the number of goals scored since the balance is in their favor with 204 goals while the visitors have scored 122. Their last meeting dates back to the 18th day of the season in progress where the Lions imposed themselves in a thrilling match. Score 3-2.
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Maintaining their stay in European places
Betis are in 5th position in La Liga with 46 points from 14 wins, 4 draws and 9 defeats. They also have 49 goals for and 35 goals against, which leaves them with a goal difference of +19, a positive record which may improve as the league progresses. On the last match day they lost at home to Atletico Madrid 1-3 at Benito Villamarin which was a tough setback as they fell one position in the table and are momentarily out of the game. Champions League.
The mission is to keep winning
Los Leones are currently in 8th place in La Liga with 40 points from 10 wins, 10 draws and 7 losses, as well as 32 goals scored and 26 goals conceded, which leaves them with a difference of 6 goals. Last week, Athletic Bilbao won at home to Levante a convincing 3-1 and managed to secure three extra points en route to qualifying for European competition.
Looking to keep moving up positions
The eighteenth date in LaLiga brings us an equal duel when Betis take on Athletic, both sides are having a great season with the hosts in the UEFA Europa League places and the visitors in mid-table, however, this does not mean that they can be confident because a defeat or a victory could rob them of the precious place they occupy at the moment. Athletic are currently in 8th place with 40 points, while Betis are in 5th place in the table, just 4 places behind overall leader Real Madrid. This game will be very important for both teams as a win could move them up several positions in the league.